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Get to know Sara Gabriel | TWD Accessories Designer

Get to know Sara Gabriel | TWD Accessories Designer 

Our next accessories Trunk Show is fast approaching, and with the designer herself joining us for it, we wanted our brides to get to know Sara Gabriel. (PS- She will be here for the Feb. 23 & Feb. 24)

Denver-based designer Sara Gabriel learned how to sew from her mother when she was a child. Her eponymous label began as a bespoke service in 2000, when she designed her first veil for a friend, and while the company has grown exponentially, the spirit remains: each piece is made entirely by hand, one at a time, from beginning to end. Using Swarovski crystals, French lace, freshwater pearls, and silk organza, her delicate designs are influenced by modern brides and vintage detailing. Read below about the designer from her point of view! 

Heritage :

“The official story (the one I’ll tell if I’m pressed for time) is that I launched Sara Gabriel, my namesake company, in July of 2000 in my tiny Denver apartment. But if you have the time I’ll tell you the real story. My company started when I was 5 years old sitting by my mother who was teaching me to use her sewing machine, and when I was eleven traveling around the country in my dad’s VW camper bus, cross-stitching glittering mermaids to pass the time. It also started  in high school when I began obsessing over everything that sparkled, or was even tangentially related to weddings. Like all true loves, mine feels like it has been with me my entire life, and I can honestly say that getting to wake up every day and make women feel beautiful is deeply fulfilling and an unbelievable dream come true.”

Get to know Sara Gabriel

Technique :

“Having grown my tiny company into one of the most sought-after, and recognizable brands in the industry, I am committed to staying true to my roots. I create my designs in the most difficult way possible: completely by hand, one at a time, and just for you from beginning to end. Every veil is individually cut, every crystal is hand placed, and every lace appliqué attached one at a time, just like the first pieces I made over 18 years ago. Not everyone does it this way but I believe that the care, and love, my team and I put into each piece will show from the moment you open your box to the moment you walk down the aisle!”

Get to know Sara Gabriel

Inspiration:

“I design my collection each year with one eye on traditional elements that grant a timeless quality to the brides who wear them, and the other eye on free-thinking, spirited brides who know who they are and want their personality to show. I want every one of my brides to sparkle and shine in her own way, and I use glittering Swarovski crystals, classic French laces, refined construction techniques and the softest veiling tulle imaginable to ensure they do. Ultimately, I’m inspired by you!” ♥︎ – xoxo Sara

Photography | Starling Studio Photography

We absolutely adore Sara, she has an amazing personality that lights up a room, and has us star struck with everything she does in and out of the bridal industry! Click to learn more about the Sara Gabriel trunk show or request an accessory appointment to work with Sara to customize your look by clicking here or ring us at 860.669.4596

xoxo, TWD

 


Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

At The White Dress by the shore, our passion is helping brides find the perfect look for their wedding day. When the bride is your own sister, that passion reaches a whole new level!  I am thrilled to share Sarah and Walt’s beautiful Madison Beach Hotel Wedding that took place this Fall.  Sarah and Walt were engaged on New Year’s Eve. They were both busy with their careers, so wedding planning was put to the back burner.  That is, until Memorial Day weekend when Sarah came to me and asked if she thought that we could plan a wedding in time for Labor Day Weekend- in other words, plan a wedding in 93 days!  

Walt had a personal connection to The Madison Beach Hotel and it was a dream of theirs to host the wedding there.  They went to visit the venue and it just so happened that there was an opening on the Sunday of Labor Day- that same year!  The timing was perfect for Sarah and Walt’s schedule and also aligned perfectly with our sister Katie’s chemotherapy treatments.  It was important to Sarah that Katie, her Matron of Honor, was well enough to enjoy the festivities (because after all, Katie LOVES a good party!) So, the date was set and the planning began!

 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah’s dream was to have a simple and elegant wedding and she wanted that same aesthetic reflected in her gown.  We enlisted the assistance of my friend, Katherine, designer of Kate McDonald Bridal to create the perfect gown!  Katherine sent in a few samples for Sarah to try on and in one weekend we had created the vision for a custom gown, selected the bridesmaid dresses from Jenny Yoo, and found the perfect mother of the occasion dress!  Talk about focus!  

Sarah was so trusting in the gown process.  Katherine created a muslin of the gown that we fit to Sarah. But because of the tight timing, the final product did not arrive until 2 weeks prior to the wedding!  But, not to panic!….Because of the muslin fitting process and the talent of our genius in-house seamstress Penny, the gown was fit to perfection in plenty of time for the big day!

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding 

Sarah and Walt’s vision was to have a wedding that was simple, but one that was filled with personal touches and that created lasting memories.  We come from a large and diverse family, so it was important to Sarah and Walt that everyone felt involved in their day. Sarah had a large bridal party which included myself, our sister Katie and her sweet daughter (my niece) Tilly, Walt’s sister Lindsay, and several friends.  In order to recognize her teenage nieces (including my daughter Lindsay), Sarah had the younger girls wear the same Jenny Yoo dress as the maids in a different length and color and hand out the programs.  It was important to Sarah that they felt included in the day.  Our brother Bill is 17 years Sarah’s senior and has always been a father figure to her.  To recognize him, she had him escort her down the steps of the hotel to the aisle where our father was waiting. He handed Sarah off to him, and he escorted her down the aisle to Walt.  

Sarah and Walt hired a justice of peace to ensure that the wedding was legal, but asked our step-father Kevin to perform the part of the ceremony where Sarah and Walt exchanged their vows.  

 

In lieu of favors, Sarah and Walt made donations to two charities that were near and dear to their hearts.

If Sarah and Walt had YEARS to plan their wedding (vs days), they could not have planned a more thoughtful, meaningful wedding.  After a morning of rain and hurricane force winds, we were ultimately blessed with a gorgeous sunny day- one that reflected Sarah and Walt’s love for each other and the love that we all have for them. 

Congrats Sarah and Walt! 

Photography: Studio Ten 9 Ten 

Venue: Madison Beach Hotel

Beauty: Jennie FresaPosh Salon Catie Bane

Suits: Valentino Tailors

Maids Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Gown: Kate McDonald

Bride’s Earrings and Comb: Sara Gabriel 

Veil: Custom, The White Dress by the shore

Floral Design: Flowers by Justine 

F*uck Cancer Bracelet and Necklaces: Aquinnah Jewelry 

 


Meet Sara Gabriel and Save on Accessories | February 22 – 24

Meet Sara Gabriel and save on accessories!

Join the TWD lovelies, meet Sara Gabriel, and save on accessories, during the Sara Gabriel Trunk Show February 22nd – 24th!

Meet Sara Gabriel

We are so excited to have designer Sara Gabriel here at the boutique to style our brides Friday, February 23rd, and Saturday, February 24th! During this exclusive event, there will be a 10% discount granted on all Sara Gabriel accessories purchases. To scoop up one of these coveted accessory appointments with our stylists and Sara ring us at 860.669.4596 or request an appointment here.

xoxo, TWD

P.S. – If you are looking for veils or hair accessories we recommend scheduling a hair trial for prior to your accessory appointment! This can help you envision your total wedding day look!

Image: Maggie Conley Photography


NEW Designer Jean and Jewel at The White Dress by the shore

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel at The White Dress by the shore

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

We are so excited to introduce fresh NEW designer Jean and Jewel to the boutique, who is bringing back the true meaning of couture wedding gowns. Started by two best friends, the line is inspired by important women in their lives. Each gown is made by hand in the USA, with the finest fabrics sourced both domestically and in western Europe. Jean and Jewel has three core values: quality, fit, fun. They are gowns for hopeless romantics, fashionistas, and everyone in between. We have selected designer Jean and Jewel to add to our  bridal collection as they complement our style of a classic bride and we love the fact that their gowns can be customized to meet every brides needs and taste level.  We are thrilled to carry them exclusively in Connecticut. 

Scroll to view some of our favorite gowns from the collection that will be here for our upcoming trunk show, February 8th – 11th! 

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

NEW Designer Jean and Jewel

To request an appointment with one of our stylist for this exclusive event click here or ring us at 860.669.4596

Click here to view the full Jean and Jewel collection! 

Photography | Jessica Janae Photography

*{gown prices range from $3500 – $6000}

xoxo, TWD


Introducing Designer Jean and Jewel | February 8th – 11th

Introducing Designer Jean and Jewel

Introducing Designer Jean and Jewel

We are thrilled to be introducing designer, Jean and Jewel to The White dress by the shore, and launching their 2018 collection next weekend! The collection is comprised of couture gowns for hopeless romantics, fashionistas, and everyone in between.  And the best part?  They are made with love in the USA! During this exclusive event, designer Megan from Jean and Jewel will be here to style our brides. We are even more excited to share that we will be the only boutique in Connecticut to carry the line! To learn about the designer and view some of these gorgeous gowns click here. To book an appointment with one of our stylists click here or ring us at 860.669.4596. 

{Gown prices start at $3500 before the trunk show discount}

xoxo, TWD


Introducing the TWD Sample Closet : a destination for off-the-rack sample wedding dresses

Introducing the TWD Sample Closet

We are excited to announce an in-boutique destination for off-the-rack wedding dresses.  Introducing the TWD Sample Closet, housing wedding dress samples that are available for immediate purchase. These gowns are the perfect option for brides who are getting married on a tight timeline and don’t have time to order a gown, or for someone who is on a budget. These gowns are store samples and in some cases may need to be cleaned, a service that we would be happy to provide for you. Our TWD Sample Closet collection gets updated frequently. You can however see a sampling of the selection here. If you are not in our general vicinity, or your schedule does not align with our store hours, we are happy to loan you gowns from The Sample Closet to try on in your home via our TWD at home services.  You can learn more about that here.

Introducing the TWD Sample Closet

Introducing the TWD Sample Closet

Introducing the TWD Sample Closet

Introducing the TWD Sample Closet

We are excited about providing brides with new and innovative ways to shop for their wedding gown!

Photography | Melanie Zacek Photography

xoxo,  TWD 

 


A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

 A Classic, Elegant Wedding at the Lounsbury House 

When stylist Shana met TWD bride Caroline, she said she wanted to have a classic, elegant wedding at The Lounsbury house. Shana knew a customized look with a Carolina Herrera Gown and Augusta Jones lace bolero would be the perfect match for this elegant bride. There are so many beautiful details we could talk about from this wedding, designed by Creative Concepts by Lisa. We can’t give enough praise to the amazing photographer Melanie Zacek who captured each and every detail that has absolutely taken our breath away.  But there is one special touch that has us feeling wedding envy – the bride’s customized gown! This classic look is the perfect ensemble to complement Caroline’s amazing personal style. Scroll down to see all of the classic elegance. 

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

A Classic, Elegant Wedding at The Lounsbury House

Photography | Melanie Zacek Photography 

Gown | The White Dress by the shore | Caroline Herrera 

Lace Jacket | The White Dress by the shore | Augusta Jones

Venue | The Lounsbury House

Florals | Flowers by Danielle

Event Planner | Creative Concepts by Lisa 

xoxo, TWD

To view more of our TWD brides and their stunning pictures click here!

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